Jimmy Humilde Launches Own Chicano-Themed Online Series “Desde Abajo”

Jimmy Humilde is heading into under time…

The 42-year-old Mexican American recording artist and record producer has unveiled his very own series called Desde Abajo, which will be available on Amazon Music’s app and Twitch channel.

Jimmy HumildeFocusing on culture and its influence on the music industry in Los Angeles, the series will include the Rancho Humilde founder interviewing special guests like Fuerza Regida, Snow Tha Product, AB Quintanilla, Deorro, among others.

The first episode is already out with new episodes airing at 9:00 p.m. ET every other Wednesday until October 12.

Kid Cudi to Headline McDonald’s’ Camp McDonald’s Virtual Experience

Kid Cudi is camping it up…

McDonald’s has revealed the line-up for its 2022 Camp McDonald’s virtual experience, led by the 38-year-old Mexican American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor.

Kid CudiKid Cudi, whose real name is Scott Mescudi, will serve as the headlining act.

But he won’t be the only Latino artist on the roster…

Omar Apollo, the 25-year-old Mexican American rising talent, is also set to perform.

South Korean singer-songwriter BIBI will also take the stage.

The virtual camp will take place over four weeks only available through the McDonald’s app. Each week will bring exclusive merch, menu items and promotions, like a $2 Big Mac (July 9 and July 30) and free McFlurry (July 13) with a $1 purchase.

Musical performances were pre-recorded and will be available to watch each Sunday exclusively on the McDonald’s app after spending $1 via Mobile Order & Pay.

The series of virtual concerts will begin with blackbear on July 10, followed by Apollo, BIBI and ending with Cudi on July 31.

Merch collaborations will include Korean skincare brand innisfree, offering a Summer Skincare Starter Kit, L.A. clothing brand Free & Easy, streetwear label Ma®ket and Kid Cudi.

The first drop, a “Don’t Trip” t-short featuring the iconic golden arches from Free & Easy, arrives at midnight. All merch will be available in adult, unisex sizes small through XXL.

The camp also includes app-only “menu hacks,” putting a delectable spin on dessert favorites, like a McFlurry ice cream sandwich (available July 6) and “Apple Pie McFlurry” featuring the fast food giant’s fan-favorite gooey stuffed pastries (available July 20).

Headliner Cudi, who will embark on a world tour beginning on August 16 in Vancouver, announced his greatest hits compilation album earlier this week.

The Boy Who Flew To The Moon Vol. 1 will include tracks spanning over a decade, like cult-favorite single “Pursuit of Happiness” and 2014’s “Too Bad I Have To Destroy You Now.”

Bad Bunny’s “Ojitos Lindos” Appears on Spotify’s “Songs of the Summer” Contenders List

Spotify has set its sights on Bad Bunny’s sun-tastic new single…

As June kicks off, competition heats up to determine which artist will deliver the song of the summer, and the streaming service believes the 28-year-old Puerto Rican Grammy-winning superstar is among the contenders.

Bad BunnyAccording to new data gathered by Spotify, has selected Bad Bunny’s “Ojitos Lindos,” featuring Bomba Estéreo, among 20 in the running for Song of the Summer 2022.

In addition to Bad Bunny’s “Ojitos Lindos,” which appears on the artist’s new album Un Verano Sin Ti, other songs from Latin artists to make the list include Karol G’s “Provenza” and Miggy Dela Rosa’s single with James Hype, “Ferrari.”

The list covers a wide array of genres and moods for every summer situation.

Here’s the full list, in alphabetical order:

“About Damn Time” by Lizzo
“Amazing” by Rex Orange County
“As It Was” by Harry Styles
“Big Energy” by Latto
“Die Hard” by Kendrick Lamar, Blxst, Amanda Reifer
“Ferrari” by James Hype, Miggy Dela Rosa
“First Class” by Jack Harlow
“F.N.F (Let’s Go)” by Hitkidd, GloRilla
“I Like You (A Happier Song)” by Post Malone, Doja Cat
“Last Last” by Burna Boy
“No One Dies From Love” by Tove Lo
“Ojitos Lindos” by Bad Bunny (feat. Bomba Estéreo)
“Potion” by Calvin Harris (with Dua Lipa, Young Thug)
“Provenza” by Karol G
“She Had Me at Heads Carolina” by Cole Swindell
“Something in the Orange” by Zach Bryan
“Sunroof” by Nicky Youre, Dazy
“Supermodel” by Måneskin
“The Dress” by Dijon
“Wait for U” by Future (feat. Drake, Tems)

Spotify has also shared what’s trending already in global user-generated playlist trends for the summer, which include “hot girl summer” playlists (of which there are already 170,000) and playlists inspired by the “coastal grandmother” trend, which have skyrocketed over 5000% in the past month. Playlists based off of the “dirty shirley” drink have also made their presence known, seeing nearly a 95% spike in daily average plays.

 

Oona Chaplin to Host CBC/BBC Podcast Exploring J. Edgar Hoover’s Obsession with Her Grandfather Charlie Chaplin

Oona Chaplin will be helping explore J. Edgar Hoover

Canada’s CBC and the UK’s BBC are jointly working on a podcast in which the 35-year-old Spanish-British actress and former Game of Thrones star explores Hoover’s campaign to root out Communism in Hollywood and his obsession with her grandfather, silent movie star Charlie Chaplin.

Oona ChaplinThe project, from CBC Podcasts and BBC World Service, is an extension to a collaboration commitment from 2019 in which the two national broadcasters pledged to enhance their services and programs by working together.

Chaplin’s BBC Audio Wales-produced Hollywood Outcasts will see Chaplin, known for roles in Game of Thrones and Taboo, looking at how Hoover’s determination to stop perceived Hollywood Communism centered around The Tramp star Charlie Chaplin and guide listeners through the notorious House Un-American Activities Committee hearings and the ‘Hollywood blacklist.’

Charlie ChaplinThe podcast will be made available on BBC Sounds, CBC Listen and most other podcast platforms. It’s scheduled for release this year and next.

Bad Bunny Breaks Two Spotify Records with New “Un Verano Sin Ti” Album’s First Day Streams

Bad Bunny is breaking streaming records with his latest album…

The 28-year-old Puerto Rican rapper, singer and record producer’s Un Verano Sin Ti  broke two Spotify records in its first day of release, Friday, May 6.

Bad BunnyBad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti became the most-streamed album in 2022 so far.

He also reached the milestone of becoming the most-streamed artist globally in one day, with 183 million streams. Drake previously held this record, with 176.8 million streams.

On Friday, all 23 songs on Bad Bunny’s new album ranked in the top 30 of Spotify’s Daily Top Songs Global chart, with nine of those tracks finding their way to the top 10.

Bad Bunny, who was Spotify’s most-streamed artist worldwide in both 2020 and 2021, released Un Verano Sin Ti  — the follow-up to El Ultimo Tour Del Mundo, which in 2020 made history as the first Spanish-language album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 — via Rimas Entertainment.

Karol G Lands Fifth Music Video on YouTube’s Billion Views Club with “Bichota”

Make that five music video hits for Karol G

The 31-year-old Colombian singer’s “Bichota” music video has surpassed one billion views on YouTube, marking her fifth title to enter the Billion Views Club.

Karol GThe latest clip follows “China,” “Secreto,” “Tusa,” and “Culpables.”

Karol G, who won the 2021 Latin Grammy for best reggaeton performance with this single, reached this new milestone over the weekend.

Released on October 23, 2020, the term “Bichota” (linked to the Puerto Rican slang “bichote,” deriving from the English term “big shot”) refers to “a moment of feeling sexy, flirtatious, daring, strong, empowered, and to a certain extent, [it] translates into personal motivation and self-confidence,” Karol G previously told Billboard. “We are all super ‘Bichotas’ inside. It’s about believing and working so that the rest of the world can see it too.”

The Ovy on the Drums-produced single hit the Top 20 on Billboard Global Charts, earning Karol G her ninth No. 1 on the Billboard Latin Airplay chart, and her 10th top 10 on Hot Latin Songs.

This led to her becoming the first female artist to debut in the list’s top 10 without another act in eight years since Gloria Estefan’s 2012 “Hotel Nacional.”

News of “Bichota” reaching one billion views comes on the heels of Karol G’s two-weekend Coachella debut on April 17 and 24, where she performed “MAMIII” with Becky G live for the first time, releasing her new single “Provenza,” and announcing her upcoming new trek dubbed the $trip Love Tour 2022. The trek kicks off on September 6 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, and wraps up on October 29 at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena.

TikTok Names Anitta its First Official #Rompiendo Artist

Anitta is counting down to a new partnership…

TikTok has announced the launch of a new program dubbed #Rompiendo, with the 29-year-old Brazilian star the first artist to be featured in the new program.

Anitta#Rompiendo is meant to “highlight the success and impact” of Latinx music and artists on the app. According to the social media company, the program includes promotion, playlisting, inclusion on TikTok radio and a feature on @MusicOnTikTok socials.

Anitta is a strong first choice to launch the program.

Her single “Envolver” has been used in more than 2 million videos after the song and its dance challenge went viral on TikTok. A new #Rompiendo artist will be announced every two weeks.

Most recently, Anitta made her Coachella debut with an epic set that brought Brazil to the desert and featured surprise guests such as Snoop Dogg, Saweetie and Diplo.

In mid-April, she dropped her long-awaited album Versions of Me, which includes “Envolver.” The cheeky reggaeton track peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart earlier this month, marking the first leader on the list by an artist from Brazil.

#Rompiendo is TikTok’s latest effort to propel Latinx creators on the app. Last year, during Hispanic Heritage Month, TikTok and MACRO — a media company that represents the voices and perspectives of Black people and persons of color — teamed up to launch a new incubator called TikTok Latinx Creatives in an effort to help further grow the Latinx creative community on the platform. The 10-week program focused on “nurturing and developing” 150 talented Latinx creators and music artists.

“We’re driven to spotlight and support Latinx talent with a platform that amplifies their voices and a community that is moved by them,” TikTok said in a statement at the time of Latinx Creatives’ launch.

According to TikTok, popular Latinx community hashtags — including #Latino, #Latina, #Familia, #Hispanic — generate “significant” community engagement and have accumulated billions of video views.

Diego Boneta to Star in Rom-Com Musical Podcast “Cupid”

Diego Boneta is joining a new pod(cast)…

The 31-year-old Mexican actor, singer and Luis Miguel: The Series star has signed on to star opposite Naomi Ackie and Rupert Friend in the rom-com musical podcast series Cupid.

Diego BonetaThe QCode production is being written and directed by Katy Cavanagh-Jupe.

Premiering summer 2022, the seven-episode piece will feature original music performed by its lead cast.

Also producing are Cavanagh-Jupe’s production company, Double Garage Films, and Boneta’s production company, Three Amigos.

The modern love story is inspired by Greek mythology. When Aphrodite’s love potion goes missing on Earth, Cupid is held responsible. Zeus strips him of his immortal powers, giving him seven days to find and return the love potion. If Cupid fails, he’ll be condemned for eternity to his father Ares’ brutal bootcamp. With help from a boy on a scooter and a quirky florist called Rose, Cupid embarks upon an epic quest to unmask the real thief and restore the stolen potion safely back to Olympus.

The podcast marks the second series from QCode to feature original music, following last year’s Electric Easy.

Camilo to Perform Virtually as Part of the Recording Academy’s “Grammy Week on Roblox”

Camilo is heading into the Metaverse

The 28-year-old Colombian singer, musician and songwriter will perform during the Recording Academy’s Grammy Week on Roblox, which will be held virtually March 30 to April 3.

CamiloCamilo, whose Mis Manos is nominated for best Latin pop album at the 64th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, becomes the first Latin act to perform on Roblox, a global platform where “millions of people gather every day to imagine, create and share experiences with each other in immersive, user-generated 3D worlds,” according to a press release.

In addition to Camilo’s performance, the Las Vegas-themed experience,will feature avatar meet-and-greets with artists like Glass AnimalsWalker Hayes and Sofia Carson, treasure hunts and virtual merch items (to purchase or win).

“We are thrilled to partner with Roblox for our first-ever official Grammy Week experience in the Metaverse,” Panos A. Panay, co-president of the Recording Academy, said in a statement. “We are always looking to innovate and reach music lovers wherever they are, and there is no better partner for us to accomplish this than Roblox. Online gaming platforms are quickly becoming one of the most important music discovery channels for tens of millions of fans. As an Academy, it’s our priority to continue broadening where and how our members connect with audiences around the world. Plus, my 8-year-old twin daughters think this is amazing.”

Camilo added: “When Roblox approached me, I immediately got very excited because this was the first time in my life that I would be doing something like this. I’m also grateful that I’ll be able to bring this unique experience to La Tribu, especially during GRAMMY Week. I was already incredibly honored to be one of this year’s nominees, and to perform in a completely new way in the Metaverse, brings it to a whole new level. I can’t wait!”

The virtual experience is officially live on Roblox.com or via the Roblox app, and music fans can participate in the Grammy activations from home.

Here’s the Grammy Week on Roblox schedule:

March 30:
Experience goes live
Glass Animals Artist Meet & Greet
Walker Hayes Artist Meet & Greet

March 31:
Poppy Artist Meet & Greet

April 1:
Camilo Performance
Sofia Carson Artist Meet & Greet

April 3:
64th annual Grammy Awards

The 2022 Grammy Awards will air live on Sunday from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on CBS and streaming live and on demand on Paramount+ starting at 8:00 pm ET.

The Grammy Awards premiere ceremony will be streamed live on live.grammy.com and the Recording Academy’s YouTube channel.

6ix9ine’s “FEFE” Music Video with Nicki Minaj Joins YouTube’s One Billion Views Club

6ix9ine is officially a big Fefe deal…

Four years after it was first uploaded at the height of Tekashi mania, the 25-year-old Puerto Rican and Mexican-American artist’s candy-colored video for the Nicki Minaj-assisted single “FEFE” has crossed the 1 billion mark on YouTube.

Tekashi 6ix9ine

The clip, which the rapper co-directed along with TrifeDrew and William Asher, first hit screens on July 22, 2018 and it’s the perfect encapsulation of the 6ix9ine aesthetic.

With a set exploding in the same rainbow hues the MC has rocked in his mouth and on his head, it finds him playing patty cake with Nicki while surrounded by giant dripping popsicles, cradling an adorable dog, licking on an ice cream cone and cavorting with a bevy of women in thong bikinis.

Minaj plays it cool over the song’s atypical-for-Tekashi languid beat, rapping, “He-he tryna 69 like Tekashi, call him papi/ Word to A$AP, keep me Rocky, I’m from New York, so I’m cocky/ Say he f—in’ with my posse, copped me Khloé like Kardashi’/ Keep this p–sy in Versace, said I’m pretty like Tinashe/ Put-put it all up in his face, did I catch a case?”

Minaj drops her lines while standing inside a provocative pink balloon cave and posing with supersoaker water guns, sharing a cone with her pal, parting his hair and admiring his bling.

The visual was a departure for the Brooklyn rapper born Daniel Hernandez who skyrocketed to fame in 2017 with his single “Gummo,” but whose career was cut short a year later when he was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and armed robbery; he pled guilty to 9 charges and was facing nearly 50 years in jail when he signed a plea deal in exchange for testifying against his fellow Nine Trey gang members. The rapper was sentenced to 2 years in prison and was released in spring 2020 to home confinement.

He released another collab with Minaj in June 2020, “Trollz,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, followed by his TattleTales album; his most recent single, “Zaza,” dropped in February 2021.